Arizona PBS and Arizona Republic host Kirkpatrick-McCain debate Oct. 10

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PHOENIX – (Oct. 7, 2016)

WHAT/WHO: Arizona PBS in partnership with The Arizona Republic will host a live televised debate between Democratic challenger U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick and Republican U.S. Sen. John McCain in what will likely be the only debate between the two candidates.

The hourlong debate will air on Arizona PBS Monday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m. The candidates will discuss foreign, domestic and regional issues. The moderators will be Ted Simons, host of “Arizona Horizon” on Arizona PBS, and Arizona Republic political reporter Yvonne Wingett Sanchez.

Questions for the candidates will be chosen by the moderators and editors of sponsoring organizations, as well as suggested by the public through social media, which will be led by Cronkite News, the news division of Arizona PBS, and The Arizona Republic. The Public Insight Network Bureau, a community engagement hub at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, is also gathering questions from Arizonans.

The official hashtag is #AZDebate, and viewers can submit questions for the candidates using the hashtag on social media. During the debate, viewers also can join in the discussion using the #AZDebate hashtag.

The debate will be streamed live on the Cronkite News Facebook page at and the azcentral Facebook page at It also will be simulcast by KJZZ 91.5 FM as well as in Tucson on PBS member station KUAT-TV and KUAZ 89.1 FM. C-SPAN also is planning to air the debate.

A media room will be set aside where credentialed members of the media can view the debate. Audio and video feeds for media will be made available. Candidates may make themselves available for media interviews following the debate. Media check-in will be located on fifth floor of the Cronkite School building.

The public can view the entire debate the following day on the Arizona PBS website at or the YouTube channel at

WHEN: Monday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m.

WHERE: Arizona PBS Studios, 555 N. Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004, Studio A, sixth floor of the Cronkite building on the Arizona State University Downtown Phoenix campus (light rail accessible from Van Buren Street stop). There will be no studio audience for the live debate.

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